That is not to say that we have one iota of complacency -- we know there is much to do but we are confident we can meet the challenges aheadLondon given good Olympic checkup May 22, 2008
We must be ambitious about the benchmarks we set ourselves, and the ODA's sustainability strategy is a very good example of our ambition2012 Olympic Games to be sustainable Jan 23, 2007
We must not lose sight of the wider benefits of this project. It is not simply about cost. It is also about value and ambitionLondon prepares for 2012 Olympic games Dec 27, 2006
These games will be like no other games before themLondon unveils Olympic plans Nov 19, 2004
Every aspect of our ability to stage the games is in that fileLondon submits bid for 2012 Olympics Nov 15, 2004
Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, KBE (born 29 September 1956), often known by his nickname Seb Coe, is a British former athlete and politician. A middle distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle distance track events (and also participated in a world record relay). His rivalries with fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Steve Cram dominated middle-distance racing for much of the 1980s.
Following his retirement from athletics he served as a Member of Parliament for the Conservative Party from 1992–97, and became a life peer in 2000. He was the head of the London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, and, after the International Olympic Committee awarded the games to London, became the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. In 2007, he was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Coe was born in west London the son of Peter Coe and Tina Angela Coe and was brought up in Sheffield attending Tapton and Abbeydale Grange schools. He joined athletics team Hallamshire Harriers at the age of 12, and quickly became a middle-distance specialist. He is probably better remembered as representing Loughborough University and later Haringey when not competing for his country.